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(THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME INTO THIS
WORLD TO RECEIVE)
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none
other name under heaven given among men, whereby we
must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
What does Salvation mean? IT MEANS THAT YOU NEED GOD, AND YOU CAN'T GET TO HIM WITHOUT JESUS!
If you will receive the authority of the Bible, the center of the whole Book is Jesus Christ (who in the Hebrew is Y'Shua Hamashiach) , the Messiah sent by God, prophesied of in the Old Testament to be the Savior of Israel and the Jewish people, and also of the gentiles (people of the world or nations) who would believe in Him.
"And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the gentiles seek; and his rest shall be glorious" (Isaiah 11:10)
The real message of the Old Testament is that people are not able to reach God by their own works, endeavors or achievements ("Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin" (Romans 3:20). This is confirmed by the experience of human history, and if you are honest with yourself, you will have already realized the truth of this in your own life:
"For the good that I would, I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me." (Romans 7:19-21)
Humanist philosophy especially, has taught us that humanity is essentially good, that basic human nature can be changed and improved, and that we are perfectible. During the course of the 20th century in the United States and in quite a few other countries, we were educated to believe in a world without God; an indifferent universe governed by something called Evolution. This viewpoint has never been the truth and was always a lie, regardless of the intentions with which it was taught! The Bible teaches instead, that the human race is fallen through original sin (as can be seen in the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament), and any effort to merely reform or improve our nature is doomed to failure. The accuracy of this can be easily seen by viewing American materialism and Soviet communism in the 20th century: both countries were powerful and both put forth considerable efforts to prove their respective idealogies....in the case of the Soviet Union, dictatorial methods were used, in the case of the U.S. education and persuasion were relied upon....but in neither case was the outcome a transformed human nature.
All of that trouble, suffering and expense for the last 100 years could have been avoided if people would simply have believed in what the Holy Scripture has been telling the world for 2000 years: that it is God's Plan to restore the broken link between Himself and man through the Savior, Jesus Christ (Messiah Y'Shua), and that it cannot be done any other way.
Without Christ we are all lost, now and forever.
"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." ( 1st Timothy 2:5)
If you are willing to admit that this is true , then the timing is right, and you can be saved now!
WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?
You must believe that Christ was on the cross, not for any evil that He did....but for your sins. Not just for the sins of other people....but very specifically, for yours.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)
"But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
Then you must believe that when He died, He didn't stay dead, but that God raised Him up on the third day. Jesus is not on the cross any more, nor in the grave. He is now in heaven, at the right hand of God, and He has been there for the last 2000 years. He will be returning soon to take up the church, and if you are Born-Again at that time, you can come up with us!
"But for us also, to whom (righteousness)...shall be imputed, if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification." (Romans 4:24-25)
This is the essence of Salvation through Jesus Christ. Now, here's how to pray! Although there are no "formulas", there is very, very definitely A WAY to enter into Heaven and it is a narrow way, and so your prayers should be something close to this: "Lord, I believe your word which these christians are telling me about. and I understand that it is from the Bible, and that there is no other book of God, or source of knowledge about Jesus. I know now that I cannot save myself and that I have come far short of your standards and holiness, and that in your sight, I am a lost sinner.
But Lord, I don't want to stay this way! I repent of my sins, I apologize to you for my transgressions. I want to become righteous, I want to become part of your family, I want to be Born Again, I want to receive eternal life. I believe that only through your son, Jesus Christ, can all this happen to me, and so I confess Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord! I believe you, Jesus, that you died for my sins and rose from the dead for my justification and I ask you now to come into my heart and life forever."
If you were able to pray in this way, with all the sincerity that you know to be in you........congratulations! you have just begun to fulfill your eternal destiny: you have been born again (of god) and have become a true child of god. You have become a real Christian, and have passed from spiritual death to spiritual life.
this is just the beginning! Please contact us and/or tell a bible-believing christian about your experience!
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